Buffalo Bills players and staff surround their teammate Damar Hamlin in Cincinnati following his collapse Monday night during an NFL game. (AP)
Buffalo Bills safety Damar Hamlin remains hospitalized in Cincinnati following his collapse Monday night during an NFL football game against the Bengals. The Bills say he had a cardiac arrest after making a tackle.
Hamlin's family is expressing gratitude for the outpouring of support shown toward him after the on-field emergency. Such a devastating injury may have consequences for the entire NFL and reverberate even further.
For more context, we turn to GPB's Jon Nelson, veteran sportscaster and journalist who covers high school football for GPB Sports.
- Peter Biello: Have we seen something like this on an NFL football field before?
Jon Nelson: The closest was back in 1971, and it was a player for the Detroit Lions who passed on the field, Chuck Hughes, who was the only player to die in a game, and it was later diagnosed that he basically had a heart attack on the field. ... But it wasn't from contact or anything like we saw last night. It literally was diagnosed as a massive ... heart attack that he had there on the field. That's the closest thing we've ever had.